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An evening drive turned into every parent’s nightmare Friday when a gun-toting thug forced a family of three from their car before making off with the vehicle.
About 8:30 p.m., a 33-year-old man was driving his wife and child in the Bayview district when he stopped for a red light at the intersection of Armstrong Avenue and Keith Street, Officer Gordon Shyy said.
An unknown man brandishing a handgun ran towards the driver’s side door of the family’s green Chevy sedan and ordered the three passengers out of the vehicle, according to Shyy.
Before jumping behind the wheel, the suspect demanded the father’s wallet and cell phone at gunpoint. After the victim turned over his property, the suspect got into the car, turned onto Third Street, and fled in the southbound direction.
The carjacker hasn’t been seen since, but police recovered the vehicle at 7:30 a.m. the following morning on the corner of Jamestown Avenue and Harney Way near Candlestick Park.
The Chevy was less than two miles from where it had been stolen and didn’t appear to be stripped of parts, though police weren’t sure of its condition prior to the incident, Shyy said.